Southland’s dining rooms and bars have been closed since March 15 due to city-wide orders. The mounting costs and the lack of income force some restaurateurs and bars to make the difficult decision to close their establishments permanently. This regularly updated feature will highlight notable restaurants and bars that will not reopen once LA’s home stay order is lifted.
Melrose: The famous gourmet restaurant Auburn, who came from the Republic and Guy Savoy’s veteran, Eric Bost, announced its closure last week after its opening in March 2019. The restaurant received great success from critics and included the one of the most beautiful dining rooms in recent memory of Los Angeles. But the high cost of construction and other financial burdens weighed heavily on the site, making the possibility of a successful reopening unlikely. Auburn has been named a finalist for the James Beard Award Foundation for the design of restaurants with more than 75 seats.
Arts district: Lincoln Carson created Bon Temps as its first stand-alone restaurant, and has also received critical and public acclaim. The ambitious daytime pastry program has helped it stand out on the crowded arts district scene while its fine cuisine has made it one of the best fancy European-inspired dinners in town. Carson announced the final closure of the 10-month-old restaurant just before being named a finalist for best pastry chef by the James Beard Award Foundation.
Westwood: The classic Stan’s Donuts store has closed in Westwood after 55 years of operation, with founder Stan Berman making a sincere statement. The UCLA student favorite was a popular candy destination, and it has even spread to many places in Chicago (which are still standing). Berman’s statement reads: “Over the years, each of you has touched my life. Your support and friendship have meant more than you think. “
Beverly Grove: Swingers, the famous 27-year-old night restaurant popular in the 1990s, has closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many Angelenos who lived in the city in the 90s had fond memories of the place, although the price of dinner was not necessarily its most notable feature. Still, classic diners like Swingers don’t come often, and it was a difficult loss for the night owls who love dinner.
Beverly Hills: Nate’s Al’s, already on shaky ground after a new property and potential new location in Beverly Hills, has announced that he will be on hiatus indefinitely. The legendary Jewish deli was a popular destination for celebrities, including Larry King, who allegedly ate breakfast each morning. The property is full of hope for a possible return of Nate ‘n Al’s, perhaps in another place: “Our current lease expires shortly and we have encountered major difficulties with the city of Beverly Hills which would have been our new owner on Canon Drive. The current owner intends to go through this crisis like any other restaurant and make the right decisions at the right time. Our goal is to carry on the Nate’n Al tradition. ”
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